Timothy Bradley v Manny Pacquiao, 12 rounds, for Bradley’s WBO welterweight title.A great clash between 2 of the top 10 pound-for-pound fighters, certainly the best of their weight class not named Mayweather. They met last time in June 2012, with Bradley winning a controversial split decision. Watch what happened: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=10722755
This will be Bradley’s 3rd appearance at the MGM Grand, site of that fateful decision. Undefeated in 31 fights, 12 by KOs. Last KO win was v Joel Casamayor in 2011 (his only in a 12-round fight). Before that, v Nasser Athumani in 2007. He makes his 3rd defense of the title, which Manny himself had defended 3 times. He has in Manny his best opponent outside of Juan Manuel Marquez, whom they both fought. Marquez lost by decision to Bradley, and KOd by Manny in one fight, and won majority decision of in another. Just one out of Bradley’s last 13 fights have ended in a KO, which was his sole KO in his 12-round fights.
Here are Bradley’s cycles:
Very good cycles. the passion is undeniable. Physicality is at its peak, and has a good deal of stamina, decent thought process.
Before facing Bradley for the first time, Manny had defeated 4 previously undefeated boxers who had at least 10 wins. He makes his 11th appearance at the MGM Grand. As mentioned, 2 losses have come in that very ring, 2 of his last 3 fights, in fact. Manny has 11 KOs early i2 12 round fights, 7 in the middle rounds, 5 KOs late. 1 KO result in his last 7. He has defeated 4 opponents with previously unbeaten records before the first match vs Bradley.
And here are Manny’s cycles:
Not impressive at all. All 3 cycles have been negative for 4 days already. There is some resurgence but there’s too much to overcome for Manny to have a shot.
Both fighters have challenging mental cycles but Bradley has a serious advantage in 2 of the other 3.
Predicting a middle round KO for Bradley.